Monthly Archives: October 2012

teaser: the PK snatch team

The scene: Earth forces are assaulting Aristillus and a PK snatch team is trying to capture the Boardroom Group. John is back from his hike the Dogs and is using his old skills to try to save the good guys. … Continue reading

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why bother using a private land registry in anarchy?

A few e-friends that I met via Prometheus Unbound and I chat in a private Google Group about anarcho-capitalism and writing. I was questioned about the private land registries in my novel, and I explained how they might work, and … Continue reading

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teaser: the invasion is on

Dewitt’s slate beeped as a pop-up from the airlock administration interface appeared. “Remote Maintenance Request: tier 2 admin attempt to set state to ‘offline’. Approve?” He clicked “Deny”. The pop-up disappeared. A moment later the pop-up reappeared. He looked at … Continue reading

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teaser: the invasion is about to occur and the Earth forces have inside men

== Outside Goldwater vault, level four, Aristillus, Lunar Nearside Matthew Dewitt hit the button for the hazard lights, slowed the rented cherry picker to a stop and climbed out. Standing in the center of the road he moved quickly to … Continue reading

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teaser: the HMS Beagle

Blue nodded. “Checklist four.” John called it up in his display. “Checklist four, bullet point one. AG to three. Ramp it up slowly, please.” Blue operated the controls. A second later their stomachs twisted and the front of the lifeboat … Continue reading

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teaser: DIY project: home brew spaceship

Duncan cut in “What are you guys talking about?” Max said “Yeah, what ARE you talking about?” John pointed to the specifications of the old Apollo landing module on the wallscreen. Duncan shrugged “OK, but why is this so exciting?” … Continue reading

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teaser: John and Rex are dead

A second daily sample: — Duncan spoke up. “I wonder if Rex’s hack worked?” Blue raised his eyebrows. “We’ll see soon enough.” Max reached down and picked up a rock. “Enough talking.” He loped off on three legs, carrying his … Continue reading

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teaser: Dogs wait for John

I’m playing with the idea of posting one small snippet each day when I’m done with my daily 2,500 words of revision. Here’s my first: ——– Blue scanned the horizon. Nothing. He checked his clock. Again. Duncan must have been … Continue reading

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I think I really nailed the ideological turing test

In my novel Hugh Haig, son of Senator Linda Haig, watches an episode of PBS web-casting and is calmed and reassured by the same old theme music: The episode of DC Minute on the screen finished and a new one … Continue reading

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three revisions

Draft 1 was “getting a story down”. It ran to 160,000 words. Draft 2 was “fixing the huge plot holes, filling in missing bits, making the bad writing decent.” It ran to 220,000 words. Draft 3 (in progress) is “improve … Continue reading

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